So, I have about 9-10 Muscovy ducks that live on the ponds that border my back fence. I've been feeding them once/day the standard layer. Plus, 9 of them are the ones I raised from an abandoned clutch last year. So I understand why they are laying eggs on my property.
What I don't understand is why they aren't regularly sitting on them. It looks like 3 hens layed about 20 eggs each in a combined nest inside a box I built in the corner of my back fence. Only 1 hen sits on the eggs during the day and some nights she's not there at all! First, I don't think she can hatch 60 eggs. Second, shouldn't a broody hen sit on them all day/night with the exception of a morning, swim, food, bathroom break?
Next, I have another hen the filled a nest on my front porch near my door with 20 eggs. Each morning we'd find her there popping an egg out. We left for two days with 6 eggs in the nest and the 2 days later there were 20 eggs! So, again, I think another hen is using her nest to drop off her eggs. Now, recently, during the day the hen will sit on them throughout the day. But come night, she's gone.
We had nests on the side of our house during the cold months and the hens were religious about sitting them. Now that it's a little warmer they seem very lazy about it.
Is this normal? Anyone have insight to this?